“Honoring Veterans—Past and Present” is the theme of the 2007 Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. on November 10 sponsored by local veterans’ organizations and the City of San Marcos. The public is encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the festivities.
The parade will line up on C.M. Allen Parkway and travel down Hopkins Street to Fredericksburg to Hutchison back to C.M. Allen Parkway. Veterans groups, military organizations, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, public officials, equestrians, youth teams, classic vehicles and others will join the Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Marcos. Congressman Lloyd Doggett will ride in the parade.
World War II veteran Augustin Lucio, a recipient of the Silver Star, Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre, and other citations for heroism, has been selected to serve as the Parade Marshal. Remembered in absentia as Honorary Parade Marshal is Bob Wellington, a survivor of Guadalcanal, the Marine Corps first offensive operation against the Japanese during World War II. Illness has prevented his participation in the parade.
Free biscuits, sausage and gravy will be served on the Courthouse lawn at 8:30 a.m. sponsored by Café on the Square, Ben E. Keith, the Main Street Program, Parks & Recreation, and the City of San Marcos.
Children are invited to visit Uncle Sam at the Courthouse lawn. The first 200 kids will receive a special patriotic gift.
The Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Kids’ Bicycle Brigade at 9 a.m. Children ages 5 and older are invited to bring a bicycle or scooter to the Courthouse lawn and decorate it for the parade. The Kiwanis will provide free decoration material and escort the children in the parade. The Bicycle Brigade will ride back to the Courthouse to meet their parents.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and wind through downtown San Marcos. Marching bands from San Marcos High School and the San Marcos Academy, ROTC Units, the American G.I. Forum, the American Legion and Auxiliary Post 144, VFW Post 12058, Vietnam Veterans, the 363 Quartermaster Battalion, the National Guard, Hays County Veterans Memorial, and the Patriot Guard are among the many entries in the parade.
The City of San Marcos is coordinating the annual parade this year with a goal of making the celebration bigger and better than ever, said Mayor Susan Narvaiz.
“Our soldiers—past and present—have earned the respect and honor of our community for all they have given and are giving today to serve our nation,” Mayor Narvaiz said. “We encourage the entire community to come out and honor our veterans.”
Street closings include Guadalupe from University to San Antonio; Hopkins from C.M. Allen to Fredericksburg; LBJ Drive from San Antonio to University Drive; C.M. Allen from University to Cheatham Street.
— From a city of San Marcos press release submitted to Newstreamz
SATURDAY PARADE EVENTS
8:30 a.m. Sausage & Biscuits on the Courthouse lawn with Uncle Sam. (Patriotic gifts to first 200 kids.)
9 a.m.: Kiwanis Kids Bicycle Brigade decoration for parade
10 a.m. Veterans Day Parade downtown, Hopkins Street to Hutchison St.